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Advanced Manufacturing
Partnership 2.0 Report
Washington, DC
October 27, 2014


Meeting Global Challenges: German-US Innovation Policy

Organized jointly by the German Institute for Economic Research
and the U.S. National Academies
 

24-25 May 2011
Meistersaal am Potsdamer Platz
Köthener Straße 38 / 10963 Berlin (Mitte)

  
Day 1 - 24 May 2011

9:15 AM           Welcome

Gert G. Wagner, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (German Institute for Economic Research)*

 

Alan Wm. Wolff, Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP, and Chair, U.S. National Academies Study

of Comparative National Innovation Policies*

 

9:45 AM           Opening Remarks

Georg Schütte, State Secretary for Education and Research*

 

The Honorable Philip Murphy, U.S. Ambassador to Germany*

                       

10:15 AM         Keynote Address

John Fernandez, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Economic Development Administration*

 

10:45 AM         Coffee Break

 

11:00 AM         Panel I: Current Trends in Innovation Policy

Moderator: Pete Engardio, Senior Writer, Businessweek, ret.*

 

U.S. Innovation Policy: New Initiatives

Ginger Lew, Senior Counselor, White House National Economic Council*

 

                        New Initiatives in German Innovation Policy

Dietmar Harhoff, Chairman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation*

 

Policy Initiatives at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology

                        Phillip Singerman, Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services, U.S.

National Institute of Standards and Technology*

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

12:45 PM          Keynote Address

Werner Hoyer, Minister of State at the Foreign Office*

                       

 

1:15 PM            Panel II: Competition and Cooperation in a Global Economy

Moderator: Thomas Hanke, Handelsblatt +

 

Chinese and Indian Investments and Economic Strategy

Carl Dahlman, Henry R. Luce Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Member, U.S. National Academies Committee on Comparative National Innovation Policies*

 

Innovation, Investment, and Exports to Emerging Countries: The Policy Challenge for Germany

Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG
Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development+

 

Innovation and Trade

Alan Wm. Wolff, Dewey & LeBoeuf, and Chair, U.S. National Academies Study of Comparative National Innovation Policies*

 

2:15 PM            Panel III: Human Resources, Competition for Man Power and the Internationalization of Labor

Moderator: Irwin Collier, John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University Berlin*

 

                        The Human Resource Challenge

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor & Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (German Institute for Economic Research)*

 

A Microsoft Perspective on the U.S. and Europe

Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation*

 

3:00 PM            Coffee Break

 

3:15 PM            Panel IV: Growing Universities for the 21st Century           

Moderator: Reinhard Grunwald, Director of the Zentrum für Wissenschaftsmanagement e.V. Speyer (ZWM)*

 

Challenges and Changes for German Research Institutions

                        Karl Ulrich Mayer, President of the Leibniz Association*

                       

Growing the New Akron University

                        Luis Proenza, President, University of Akron*

 

German Universities and the Role of the Excellence Initiative

Andreas Pinkwart, Dean, Handelshochschule Leipzig (Leipzig Graduate School of Management)*

 

4:15 PM            Roundtable “Competition & Cooperation: Systematic Challenges”

Chair: Pete Engardio, Senior Writer, BusinessWeek, ret.*

 

Alan Wm. Wolff, Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP, and Chair, National Academies Study

of Comparative National Innovation Policies*

 

Engelbert Beyer, Head of Directorate for Innovation Strategies, Federal Ministry of Education and Research*

 

TBD

 

Carl Dahlman, Henry R. Luce Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Member, U.S. National Academies Committee on Comparative National Innovation Policies*

 

5:00 PM            End

   

Day 2 - 25 May 2011

 

9:00 AM           Welcome and Opening Remarks

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor & Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (German Institute for Economic Research)*

 

9:15 AM           Panel V: Helping Small Business: Current Trends and Programs

                        Moderator: David Audretsch, Director, Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana University*

 

                        The “Mittelstand” Programs and Innovation in Germany

                        Rainer Jäkel, Head of Directorate for Technology and Innovation Policies, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie)*

 

Federal Investments to Cross the Valley of Death

Charles Wessner, National Academy Scholar and Director, Technology,

Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, The National Academies*

 

10:15 AM         Coffee Break

 

10:30 PM          Panel VI: Early Stage Finance and Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Alexander Kritikos, Research Director, Deutsches Institut für

Wirtschaftsforschung (German Institute for Economic Research)*

 

New Initiatives in Early Stage Finance in Germany

Peter Terhart, Chairman of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK)*

 

Hasso Plattner Ventures – Experiences of VC in Germany

Eran Davidson, Managing Partner, Hasso Plattner Ventures*

 

                        Trends and Challenges in Venture and Seed Finance in the U.S.

                        Arati Prabhakar, Partner, U.S. Venture Partners*   


11:30 PM          Panel VII: Policies and Programs for CO2 Reduction

Moderator: Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Energy, Transportation, and Environment Department, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (German Institute for Economic Research)*

 

The “Morgenstadt” Concept

Karl Eugen Huthmacher, Head of Department “Provision for the Future – Basic and Sustainability Research,” Federal Ministry of Education and Research*

 

U.S. Initiatives

Charles Ebinger, Director, Energy Security Initiative, The Brookings Institution*

 

German Programs for CO2 Reduction

Reinhard Hüttl, Executive Board, GFZ Helmholtz Centre Potsdam & President of Acatech*

  

12:45 PM          Lunch 

 

1:45 PM            Panel VIII: Building Electric Vehicle Industries

Moderator: Holger Hanselka, Fraunhofer Institute+

 

                        U.S. Battery Initiative for Electric Drive Vehicles

Ed Owens, Supervisory General Engineer for Vehicle Technologies, U.S. Department of Energy*

 

                        German Developments in Electric Vehicles

Dirk Arnold, Deputy Head of Division “Environmental Innovation and Electric Mobility,” Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie)*

  

2:45 PM            Panel IX: Medical / Biomedical Innovation for the 21st Century

Moderator: TBD

 

                        The German Experience in Biomedical Innovation

                        Jörg Fregien, CEO, Life Science Inkubator GmbH/ CAESAR Bonn*

                                   

                        Dräger - Global Medical Technology - Innovation

Herbert Fehrecke, Member of the Executive Board Purchasing, Quality, IT, Research and Development Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board, Dräger*

 

                        Advancing Cancer Research

Jerry Lee, Deputy Director, Strategic Scientific Initiatives, National Cancer Institute*

 

                        U.S. – German Biomedical Cooperation

Eli Lilly representative +

  

4:00 PM            Coffee Break


4:15 PM            Panel X: Policies and Programs to Build Solar Industries

Moderator: Peter Strunk, WISTA Management GmbH*

 

The German Solar Industry

Karsten Neuhoff, Director of Climate Policy Initiative (CPI-Berlin)*

 

                        U.S. Initiatives in Solar Energy Policy

Minh Le, Chief Engineer, Solar Energy Technologies Program,

U.S. Department of Energy*

 

5:00 PM            Roundtable “Energy Change – What are the consequences for the German and U.S. Innovation System?”

Chair: Tim Stuchtey, Director of the Brandenburgisches Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit*

 

Krista Sager (Grüne), Patrick Meinhardt (FDP), Ernst Dieter Rossmann (SPD), Michael Kretschmer (CDU), Seth Winnick (Embassy of the United States) (+)

 

6:00 PM            Closing Remarks

Alan Wm. Wolff, Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP, and Chair, National Academies Study of Comparative National Innovation Policies*

 

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor & Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (German Institute for Economic Research)*

 

6:15 PM            End

 

6:45 PM            Networking Reception